Officials at St. Petersburg College are kicking off a new program this fall that they hope will result in a higher retention of students and an increased graduation rate. Each of the college’s eight campuses are employing the use of staff members as “success coaches” to help targeted students in any manner necessary to help their academic success.
Contact Centers of America (CCA) and St. Petersburg College today announced a partnership to expand and enhance students’ curriculum by offering real world work experience in the students’ field of study. CCA provides students opportunities at their state-of-the-art call center in Clearwater, Florida, providing work preference in the student’s primary field of study or interest when available — be it hospitality, medical, technology, marketing, etc. In addition, CCA is providing its student employees with job placement services upon graduation, giving them a significant advantage in a challenging job market.
Days into her new role as the provost for St. Petersburg College’s Tarpon Springs campus, Tonjua Williams is exuberant yet pensive. Williams, 43, is fielding calls, arranging lunches with local officials – and coming to terms with the historic significance of her new position. She’s not only the first African-American in the provost’s job, but also the first woman